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Review: Highland Reserve Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 12 Years Old

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This anonymous-looking blended whisky, a minimum of 12 years old, is sourced from Highland distilleries, hence the name. The bottle may be unassuming, but you could do a lot worse than Highland Reserve for $40 a pop: A delicious aroma fills the air when it’s popped open, all fresh grains, malt balls, and light nougat notes.

The palate continues the fun: Fresh bread and malt on a rounded, semi-creamy palate, with a finish that heads into lighter fruit notes of banana, applesauce, and buttery muffins. Sure, it’s a blend, but an awfully good one that proves that quality whisky can be found at perfectly reasonable prices. Give this one — now under new distributorship in the U.S. — a try. (And mind the younger bottlings you’ll probably find, especially if you’re shopping online.)

A- / $40 / visionwineandspirits.com

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Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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4 Comments

  1. loader o'reilly January 31, 2013

    your engagement in hyperbole cost me 45 dollars, this doesn’t taste much better than teacher’s scotch, A- my ass

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  2. Christopher Null January 31, 2013

    Sorry to hear about your ass, Loader.

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  3. commenter October 17, 2014

    I’d say your assessment is spot on. One must consider the price base for the class. For @40ish dollar bottle of blended scotch this stuff is very good. It’s not Lagavulin and its not Glenfarclas 25 but it also isn’t $105 to 179 per bottle so when I compare malts, I scale it within outs own class. This outs a very good blended malt IMO.

    Thanks for the assessment. It made up my mind to try it and I am happy with it.

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  4. Jim B May 9, 2015

    Its no good. I just bought this because it had nice packaging and seeing the price (~ US$ 41), but on first drink, it reminds me of a cheap whisky. Horrible sharp, taste like a cheap whisky. Not worth the price. I would rather have a JW Black Label or a Double Black Label instead of this.

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